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rec·ti·tude

 (rĕk′tĭ-to͞od′, -tyo͞od′)
n.
1. Moral uprightness; righteousness.
2. The quality or condition of being correct in judgment.
3. The quality of being straight.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin rēctitūdō, from Latin rēctus, straight; see reg- in Indo-European roots.]

rec′ti·tu′di·nous adj.

rectitude

(ˈrɛktɪˌtjuːd)
n
1. moral or religious correctness
2. correctness of judgment
[C15: from Late Latin rectitūdō, from Latin rectus right, straight, from regere to rule]

rec•ti•tude

(ˈrɛk tɪˌtud, -ˌtyud)

n.
1. rightness of principle or conduct; moral virtue; righteousness.
2. correctness.
3. straightness.
[1400–50; < Middle French < Late Latin rēctitūdō straightness < Latin rēct(us) right]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rectitude - righteousness as a consequence of being honorable and honestrectitude - righteousness as a consequence of being honorable and honest
righteousness - adhering to moral principles

rectitude

rectitude

noun
The quality or state of being morally sound:
Translations

rectitude

[ˈrektɪtjuːd] N (frm) → rectitud f

rectitude

rectitude

[ˈrɛktɪˌtjuːd] n (frm) → rettitudine f
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Our legislators have not yet learned the comparative value of free trade and of freed, of union, and of rectitude, to a nation.
Elinor saw, and pitied her for, the neglect of abilities which education might have rendered so respectable; but she saw, with less tenderness of feeling, the thorough want of delicacy, of rectitude, and integrity of mind, which her attentions, her assiduities, her flatteries at the Park betrayed; and she could have no lasting satisfaction in the company of a person who joined insincerity with ignorance; whose want of instruction prevented their meeting in conversation on terms of equality, and whose conduct toward others made every shew of attention and deference towards herself perfectly valueless.
She was not theologically instructed enough to discern very clearly the relation between the sacred documents of the past which she opened without method, and her own obscure, simple life; but the spirit of rectitude, and the sense of responsibility for the effect of her conduct on others, which were strong elements in Nancy's character, had made it a habit with her to scrutinize her past feelings and actions with self-questioning solicitude.
Such is not the recompense which Providence has deemed worthy of suffering merit, and it is a dangerous and fatal doctrine to teach young persons, the most common readers of romance, that rectitude of conduct and of principle are either naturally allied with, or adequately rewarded by, the gratification of our passions, or attainment of our wishes.
They told me they trusted and confided their honour and good name to my virtue and rectitude alone, and bade me consider the disparity between Don Fernando and myself, from which I might conclude that his intentions, whatever he might say to the contrary, had for their aim his own pleasure rather than my advantage; and if I were at all desirous of opposing an obstacle to his unreasonable suit, they were ready, they said, to marry me at once to anyone I preferred, either among the leading people of our own town, or of any of those in the neighbourhood; for with their wealth and my good name, a match might be looked for in any quarter.
Has it been found that bodies of men act with more rectitude or greater disinterestedness than individuals?
The sincerity, rectitude, firmness, and sweetness of this soft glance of a noble woman, who could dare all to save him to whom she owed all, at first astonished, then penetrated him.
Her disappointment in Charlotte made her turn with fonder regard to her sister, of whose rectitude and delicacy she was sure her opinion could never be shaken, and for whose happiness she grew daily more anxious, as Bingley had now been gone a week and nothing more was heard of his return.
The auditor paid much attention to these romances, and sometimes interrupted them by brief remarks upon the incidents, displaying shrewdness above his years, mingled with a moral obliquity which grated very harshly against Ilbrahim's instinctive rectitude.
An unwarranted confidence in the sanctity of its apostles--a proneness to regard them as incapable of guile--and an impatience of the least suspicion to their rectitude as men or Christians, have ever been prevailing faults in the Church.
It is all done out of sheer rectitude--out of a rectitude which is magnified to the point of the younger son believing that he has been RIGHTLY sold, and that it is simply idyllic for the victim to rejoice when he is made over into pledge.
We were glad to hear you speak in that manner; for it is pleasing to think that such a sentiment of delicacy and rectitude, and which did not exist, it seems, in our minds, lives in our children; and it is delightful too, to see a young man, at an age when men from habit become the destroyers of the honor of women, respect and defend it.